Buying groceries based on what’s in season helps your wallet and the environment all while giving your favorite dishes a little extra flavor. Shopping according to what’s in season near you isn’t as tricky as you might think, why not give it a shot this spring?
Benefits of Buying In-Season
Purchasing produce that’s in season benefits everyone involved. Seasonal veggies and fruit taste better and are even more nutritious than those that aren’t in season and have to be transported across the country, or even world.
These products are picked at their peak-ripeness because they don’t have to be transported as far, leading to the better flavor and nutrition-content because they ripen while still attached to the plant.
Locally-grown foods also tend to use less pesticides and herbicides because the grow smaller quantities in comparison to larger producers. You also have access to deeper knowledge on how your food was grown because the farmer lives right in your city or town.
Additionally, buying local supports these farmers and local business including the farmers and local shops who buy their produce.
What to Buy in Spring
There are tons of resources online to find out what’s in season right now. Check out Seasonal Food Guide, put in your location, and see what fruits and veggies are available right now.
If you don’t feel like doing research online, a pretty sure-fire way to find seasonal produce near you is to visit a weekly farmer’s market. Most times the vendors are selling local produce that they either bought from nearby farmers or grew themselves. Use the USDA’s Farmer’s Market Directory to find vendors near you!
According to Snap-Ed, the following produce are in season right now in most places:
- Apples, Apricots, Avocado, Bananas, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Pineapple, Strawberries
- Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Garlic, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Radishes, Rhubarb, Turnips
- Cabbage, Collard Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard
While produce that’s in season is pretty delicious on its own, a little love and care could never hurt. Try out some of these delicious plant-based recipes this spring:
Also published on Medium.